Saturday 25 November 2017

Root leads epic England run chase

England's Joe Root. Photo: Getty
England's Joe Root. Photo: Getty Newsdesk Newsdesk

England posted the highest successful run chase ever at a World Twenty20 tournament with Joe Root smashing 83 as they overhauled an improbable South Africa total by two wickets in a run-fest yesterday.

Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla struck half-centuries at the top while JP Duminy provided the late assault with an unbeaten 50 as South Africa posted a massive 229-4 after put in to bat in their Group One match at the Wankhede Stadium.

If South Africa hoped they had amassed enough runs, they were in for a rude shock as England attacked their bowlers left, right and centre to post their highest ever T20 total and the second highest run chase ever in the format.

England looked comfortable for most part of their chase before losing three wickets in seven balls towards the end but eventually reached their target with two balls to spare. Jason Roy (43) and Alex Hales gave England a rollicking start, posting 48 in just 15 deliveries before both were out to paceman Kyle Abbott. England broke a few team records as they looked to maintain their batting tempo though leg-spinner Imran Tahir tempered it with 1-28 in his four overs.

But Root, who was out in the penultimate over, hit six boundaries and four sixes in his 44-ball knock and added 75 for the fifth wicket with Jos Buttler (21), bringing the sizeable crowd to their feet.

Irish Independent

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